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8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)



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In this macabre farce, a baggage switch at a busy airport results in headaches for the med student who inadvertently takes a gangster's carry-on bag and discovers that it is filled with the heads of eight prominent L.A. gangsters.

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Joe Pesci
as Tommy Spinelli
Andy Comeau
as Charlie Pritchett
Kristy Swanson
as Laurie Bennett
David Spade
as Ernie Lipscomb
George Hamilton
as Dick Bennett
Dyan Cannon
as Annette Bennett
Ernestine Mercer
as Fern Bennett
John Zurlo
as Little Joey
Tony Montero
as So-So Stu
Michael Groh
as Bad Frank
Wendy Clifford
as Woman with Baby
Matthew Fonda
as Organ Carrier
Michael A. Nickles
as Juan the Bandito
Suzanne Krull
as Woman at Phone
Miguel Pérez
as Customs Inspector
John Webber
as Airline Ticket Agent
Eduardo Ricard
as Hotel Doctor
Sally Colon
as Maid No. 1
Irene Olga Lopez
as Maid No. 2
Charles Martínez
as Airport Security Guard
Glenn Taranto
as Mr. Escobedo
Bart Braverman
as Rental Dealer
Ellis Williams
as Newark Porter
Horacio LeDon
as Airport Customs Inspector
Joe Xavier Rodriguez
as La Purisima Police Officer
Darius Anderson
as Mexican Man
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Critic Reviews for 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

[8 Heads in a Duffel Bag] takes a lot of chances, and if they'd all worked it might have been a great comedy... But it doesn't scale those heights. It stops at the foothills, and only Pesci continues, climbing on alone.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A frantic pace is no match for a scarcity of laughs.

October 30, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Not really a gangster film, not really a romantic comedy, just a mishmash of lame set-pieces and never seem to jell into anything coherent.

June 4, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

should have been funnier with this title

September 7, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

A lame farce.

January 9, 2004 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag

Formula drawing room comedy that has everybody reacting to a thing, whatever the thing happens to be in whatever story (Guess what the thing is in this movie? Go on, try it, you might get lucky), only this comedy adds Pesci as his trademark mob hitman. It gets old faster than it should've as Pesci's role is underwritten, but then so is the entire effort.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


I saw this one when it came out. I thought it was a decent flick, nothing to great, but not that bad. I've seen far worst comedies than this. I thought that the film had some decent comedic bits here and there, but nothing to really make it stand out. This is really a decent little comedy, one that is mildly funny. Joe Pesci is pretty good, and without him in the film, this would have been a total dud. However, this is enjoyable enough to watch at least once. As a whole, there are far better comedies out there, than this, but for the most part, this one does have a few good laughs here and there. The film had potential to being a memorable comedy, and I think it's quite a shame because the idea the film was very interesting. I think it's too bad that they didn't focus more on the quality of the jokes. The jokes are at times lacking, and don't stand out. I don't see the film as a total waste of time, more like a mindless comedic viewing experience that's quite forgettable. 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag is a decent film to watch. I found the film quite enjoyable but this is not a film I would watch again. The gags like I said could have been improved on, but some do make you chuckle. In the end it's a shame they couldn't have thought of better material to add to its interesting premise. A decent comedy that has a few decent laughs and far from bad as what many critics have said.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I don't know why some people saw this as a stupid comedy. I really love it. It's like half dark comedy and half screwball comedy. The story is good, although it's not a new one. The actors are good too, they're all very funny. I highly recommend this movie, even if no one else will.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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